Rhus lancea Anacardiaceae
African Sumac, Willow Rhus, Karee, roos LAN-ce-a
- Small evergreen tree, low branching, open, slow growing to 25 ft (7.6 m), upright, but branchlets weeping; bark gray or brown, rough. Leaves alternate, compound, 3 willow-like leaflets, each leaflet linear-lanceolate (terminal leaflet 12 cm × 1.5 cm), margin usually entire, rarely serrate, dark green above, paler to gray below. Dioecious - male and female plants. Flowers small, green-yellow, in dense, terminal clusters (panicles). Fruit somewhat spherical, about 5 mm, slightly asymmetrical, green then yellow, red or brown.
- Sun. Well-drained soil. Tolerates high summer temperatures, but may need some summer water in a desert environment. Susceptible to Texas root rot.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to South Africa.
- lancea: a reference to the narrow, lance-shaped leaflets.